NFL head-coaching search tracker

  • By Gregg Rosenthal
  • Updated: Jan. 2, 2013 at 12:54 a.m.

Black Monday was especially dark this season. Seven NFL head coaches were fired, and five general managers lost their jobs. While a few teams remain in limbo, our focus now turns to coaching searches.

We'll have all the news covered in Around the League, but come back to our head-coaching search tracker for a one-stop shop of all the latest news.

Here's what we know so far:

Arizona Cardinals

» The Cardinals spent part of New Year's Day interviewing defensive coordinator Ray Horton. The team plans to interview former Philadelphia Eagles coach Andy Reid on Thursday,'s Ian Rapoport and Albert Breer reported. Cardinals executives also are flying out to Denver to meet with Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy and interview him for the team's head-coaching vacancy.

» Multiple reports suggest the Cardinals have zeroed in on Reid as their next coach and there's wide expectation that a deal will be completed. The Philadelphia Inquirer hears it's already a "done deal", and ESPN quoted a league source saying there is a "95 percent chance" that Reid will wind up as Cardinals coach.

» Former Chicago Bears coach Lovie Smith also has targeted the Cardinals.

» The team is undecided whether it will hire a coach or a general manager first. In-house candidate Steve Keim will be interviewed for the GM job,'s Albert Breer reported.

Buffalo Bills

»'s Ian Rapoport reported that former Cardinals coach Ken Whisenhunt had dinner with new Bills CEO Russ Brandon and other members of the team's staff Tuesday night in the Phoenix area. Interest is high on both sides, sources with knowledge of the process told Rapoport.

» Lovie Smith has targeted the Bills as a potential landing spot, according to Rapoport.

» Breer reported Bills GM Buddy Nix will remain in place, but Brandon now is in charge of football operations and will lead the coaching search. Nix will report to Brandon.
»The Bills reportedly have asked permission to interview Denver Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy.
» Syracuse coach Doug Marrone reportedly will interview for the vacancy.

Chicago Bears

» The Bears have set up three early interviews.'s Ian Rapoport reported that Tampa Bay Buccaneers offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan will interview for the vacancy.'s Albert Breer reported Broncos offensive coordinator Mike McCoy will meet with Bears GM Phil Emery. Atlanta Falcons special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong also will meet with the Bears, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
» Fox Sports insider and NFL Network contributor Jay Glazer reported the Bears have requested permission to interview Dallas Cowboys special teams coach Joe DeCamillis.
» The Bears also reportedly asked permission to interview Green Bay Packers offensive coordinator Tom Clements.
» Emery apparently wants to watch the Jan. 19 East-West Shrine Game with the Bears' new head coach at his side.

Cleveland Browns

» Chip Kelly is atop the Browns' wish list, according to Adam Caplan of Sirius XM NFL Radio. Syracuse coach Doug Marrone and Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter will interview, according to reports from ESPN and Fox.

Kansas City Chiefs

» Chiefs chairman Clark Hunt won't commit to GM Scott Pioli sticking around, but Pioli remains in place for now. Hunt will hire the coach.
» The first two interviews: Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter and special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong, according to Fox's Alex Marvez.

Philadelphia Eagles

» Chip Kelly reportedly is the top name on the Eagles' list of candidates. It appears the team is leaning toward hiring an offensive coach.
» Fox Sports insider and NFL Network contributor Jay Glazer reported that Atlanta Falcons defensive coordinator Mike Nolan will interview with the Eagles this week. Atlanta Falcons offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter and Falcons special teams coordinator Keith Armstrong also will interview, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer.

San Diego Chargers

» Indianapolis Colts offensive coordinator Bruce Arians is the name most tied to the Chargers in the early running, according to NFL Network's Michael Lombardi. Ken Whisenhunt also is interested in the job, according to U-T San Diego. A lot of coaches will be interested because of quarterback Philip Rivers' presence.
» It might take a while for true head-coaching candidates to emerge in San Diego. The team plans to hire a GM first, then have the GM help search for a coach.